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There's a question as to which contractor in building Shenan- doah Downs was second or third in importance or in the extent of work performed. In this toss-up, Miller-Liskey Electric Company of Hagerstown, l~iaryland, played an Important role as engineers for the entire electric and power installation, and th~ includes all sound and public address communications. Taking the power load from Potomac Light and Power Com- pany's 34,500 volt sub-station by undergrqund conduits to the ,main plant Control room, the under- ground system spreads to all plant str~cCures, including the in field Cote board and to the spec- ,tabular racing strip "tunnel of light." NO power poles appear except in the areas of the barns, parking lots and the outlying sections. Lighting for the double three- line enbrance gets power from un- derground and no poles appear here except to provide the over- head ~lood bu}bs. Started With 30 Men 'With Glenn R. Shindle in char ge of the power and electric con- struotion and the complete in- stallation, Miller-IAskey started work in August 1958, with a crew of thirty men. In the main control room, let's explain as you walk in: At the left is a tremendous transformer which regulates .the track light- Ing. Its main function is to raise the track voltage at post time, and to boost ,by 152 ,per cent the tablishments. The dining terraces of the club illumination furing a race, and then lower the vol~ge to normal after a race. In the rear are three large trans formers. These are used for grand stand power and lighting require- ments. The four switches in the center are for lighting the ramps, parking lots and normal track re quirements. During all the many operations in ~he control room, 4,160 volts are running through the switches and transformers. What if something goes wron; or there's a power failure? In that event, an emergency gen erator automatically goes into act- ion powered by gasoline. The em !ergency unit is capable of supply- ing enough electricity to adequate ly light the grandstand, mutuel rooms, club house and surround- ing areas that patrons may safely leave the many buildings. house are illuminated with down lights, giving the scene a warm, cozy atmosphere comparable to that of an exclusive night club. At .post time ,the lights are auto- matically dimmed to a lower light ing intensity, so that race fans may get a clearer profile of the horses and jockeys during a race. The grandstand is similar to the club house in lighting effect during ,the races. The full light of the grandstand is projected by continuous rows of fluorescenl tubes, giving out a soft light, how ever, strong enough to read a newspaper, are racing from and nightly program. The grandstand, too, reaches a low level of lighting at post time, which enables viewers to get a clearer, more distinctive race pic- ture. Among the many other ceatures which make Shenandoah Downs superior in its field, is ,the in- 10,000 Ft. Fluorescent Lighting stallation of the ,most modern and The 10,000 feet of ,fluorescent efficient public address and rues- lighting and 80 miles of conduit sage transmission. The equipment and wire make the cl,xb house, consists of three ~ndependent sy- grandstand and mutuel areas of stems: (1) a mutuel manager's Shenandoah Downs equally as sup system for communication with erior in this lighting field as ,the outstanding track lighting pat- terns. The public wagering and seat- ing sections of the club house have that brilliant lighting level to be found only in the most mod- em business and commercial es- FIRI'I' Oil JEFFERSON FAm a 4---A THURSDAY, ADVOCATE APRIL 30, 1959 T0 house, grandstand and mutuels building on the outside concourse; (2) a racing secretary's system or messages ,to jockeys and horse men in the barn area. and (3) the general public address system. To address the crowds every- where, this system' consists of 118 :speakers, ,three amplifiers and a record player. Speaiters are loca- ted throughout the club house, grandstand and all mutuel locat- ions. Also the P. A. system com- municates with all surrounding areas. The P. A. system will adequately nform crowds of the races, cur- re~t eevnth and other informat- ion us it occurs. The system, toe, will bring soft, enjoyable music Sammy Pahmbo Will Be Coming Home To Ride At Shenandoah SAMMY P/kLUMBO Sammy Palumb0, riding win- ners at Charles Town since 1933, now finishing up at the PlmHco (Md.) meet will be comln,g home soon, and riding at new Shenan- doah Downs, starting wi,th the op erdng on May 1. Pahimbo, who resides at Charles Town with his wife, daughter and two sons, has set an American re- cord, that of having won more than 600 races on the same Crack right in his home town. One of Palumbo's sons is a star athlete w:i,th Charles Town High School foot~ball, baseball and ,track squads. The other son is a melr~- ber of Uncle Sam's Navy. Among riders to don silks at Shenandoah Downs, and riding as tong as Pahimbo, are Patsy On-ant and Woodrow Kirk. READ THE CLASSIFIEDS "It was the Trolley Car Era", and almost everywhere folks rode the trollies for a Sunday outing, went canoeing or to an outdoor dance a~ outdoor dance Pavilions were Springing up around the countryside. And some foresighted and ambitious brothers realized fresh air and outdoor exercise was serving to bring on hearty appet- ites and thirst for cold drinks. They decided there should be a real future in fulfilling ,the pub- lic's desire and demand for both and opened a concession business. At the outset ,finances were lira ited and so was the amount of bus iness ,so the brothers decided to pool their funds and efforts into one organization. It was this move that brought into reality a com- pany known as Sportservice, now the world's largest catering and concession company. Today it is harfl to realize that such a huge network of food and service which extends from ,the great North~ex, t to M~Ane and, ~rom he Coast of Florida to north ward into Canada, was built from such a small and turbulent begin- ning. Vast Organization It is this sarne vast and amaz- ing catering and concession ser* vice which will be serving emotoy ees and race fans when the new Shenandoah Downs race track opens Friday, May I, @t Charles Town. Just as ~n the early days of ~portservice, he business today is governed ,by few rules and regul- ations. Decisions are made for the most 'part as the occasion and demand ,them. With the mttion's travelling pub ic eating millions of hot dogs, hamburgers and other light foods, plus bags of peanuts by the mill- The Miller-Liskey pare in the ion, and consuming equally as construction and completion of many bottles of soft drinks and magnificent Shenandoah Downs cans of beer, concessions are now has been important. Throughout a necessity in `the daily life of Am- the building program, Mlller-IAs- erica, whether ~,t be at work or key have met and overcome ,many play. problems intelligently and wi`th In recent years the Catering and for dining and listening pleasure, s~tis~action, concessions business have added .... foods and drinks for all occasions ~22~:222=22=~, such as breakfast, lunch and din- :ner to ~heir original hot dog and :hamburger lines. =~g~U _ RAI|~~ SporCservice not only Is geared to the present, but is attuned o the future. It is continuing o pio- neer and engineer new ball parks. air terminals new race ~racks, and club houses, hotels-motels, Drive Inn ~heaters now numbering sev- eraVhfin~Ye~L ..... As in the past, it is armed with new ideas, new skills and new hopes. 8portservice stanas ready o meet this challenge. A chal- lenge that will call for new adjust TO THE NEW AND MODERN ment , new aspirations and new perfections. For Quick Results Use Our Classified Column. I THEY ARE PROUD OF THIS NEW ESTABLISHMENT .... AND BEFORE AND AFTER THE RACES DINE OUT AND DIN E WITH US. LUNCHES AND DINNERS SERVED .... 10:30 A. M. -- 9:30 P. M. ---- DHHG U. S. ROUTE II NEAR MARTINSBURG, W. VA, WE ARE PROUD THAT GUNTHER BEER One of the Fine Brands of Beer For Which We Are Distributors Has Been Selected By To Be Served To Patrons Of This New Race Track. Your New / i i i i I I l I i :EASTERN WEST VIRGINIA'S $ MOST PROGRESSIVE, $ YOUNGEST, $ 1949 I $ YET__:ASTEST GROWI___ G._ $_. ANK L I I I I . I I i [ Exchange Place Martinsburg, W. Va. PHONE 578-W CHARLES TOWN, W. VA. NEWE3 E BRI HTE3 T TRACK I IN AMERICA t @ Its rons OUI sEevl~ I$ YOUR GUAeANIEF. OF ACCU~ACIt' TOW$ON, MARYLAND A DIVISION OF UNIVERSAL ONTROLS~ Inc. / PHONE 587 I RANSON, W.